Nine Match Strides In Appleton Chase: Elkridge and Knights Quest Compete for Favorites Role In Todays Belmont Stake, Daily Racing Form, 1943-05-18


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Nine Match Strides In Appleton Chase ChaseElkridge Elkridge and Knights Quest Compete for Favorites Role In Todays Belmont Stake StakeELMONT ELMONT L I N Y May 17 The Charles L Appleton Steeplechase second of Belmonts series of five important spring hedge fixtures will have its twentysecond running as the stellar attraction on tomor ¬ rows program at the Westchester course This memorial is enriched with 3000 and is to be decided over about two miles of the scenic course through the field Nine of the outstanding members of the division comprised the promised field when chase secretaryhandicapper Fred Parks locked up the entries this morning morningUnder Under the conditions of the Appleton Kent Millers Elkridge champion money winning fencer of 1942 will be the starting high weight with 161 pounds That is a ponderable burden even for steeplechasers so burdensome indeed that it is consid ¬ ered probable Bayard Sharps improving Knights Quest who carries a compara ¬ tively light 149 pounds will be the public favorite especially in view of Elkridges rather dismal exhibition in his initial essay through the field at this meeting meetingThe The Appleton however is by no means a match race for there are some superior steeplechasers among the seven other en ¬ trants These comprise Pete Bostwicks Sussex Mrs F A Clarks The Beak M A Cushmans Rouge Dragon Isadore Biebers Frederic n Harry LaMontagnes Lechlade Rokeby Stables Redlands and Mrs J H Baldings Kennebunk KennebunkGood Good Field in Secondary Events EventsAn An interesting side light in connection with this Appleton lineup is that Kenne ¬ bunk who is the featherweight of the field under 135 pounds and the topweighted accomplished Elkridge are half brothers both being from the mare Best by Test TestOnly Only once in the annals of the Appleton has a winner carried an impost equivalent to Elkridges 161 This rather heroic achievement of the beasts of burden came about in the 1941 running when Col E R Bradleys Beelzebub won under an identical weight weightThe The Appleton is surrounded by seven wellfilled flat events with the best of these being the High Degree Handicap of 3000 added at six furlongs The High Degree is interesting for the reason that five of the half dozen named to appear are among the eligibles for Saturdays Withers mile mileThese These are True Blue Famous Victory New Moon Baroque and Eye for Eye The noneligible is Cream who races coupled with Harry Straus New Moon With an elastic imagination the point might per ¬ haps be advanced that the High Degree will develop a Withers runner or two

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